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  • Handipoints Thinks a Virtual World Could Make Kids Do Chores in the Real One

    Handipoints Thinks a Virtual World Could Make Kids Do Chores in the Real One

    If your kid’s obsessed with Webkinz and Club Penguin but you can’t get them to do their chores, you may want to take a look at a new entrant into the virtual worlds scene called Handipoints. Founder Viva Chu started Handipoints in January 2007 with the notion that chore charts would be both more fun and more effective if they were moved online. So he created a site with two main… Read More

  • RocketOn Gets $5 M For Embeddable Virtual Kids World

    RocketOn Gets $5 M For Embeddable Virtual Kids World

    RocketOn is a San Francisco based startup is making a 2D virtual world you can access across any site through an embeddable widget. They also just raised $5 million from the D. E. Shaw group’s venture capital unit, bringing total investment up to $5.8 million. In its alpha state, this virtual world is simply a chat widget with some avatars you can walk around the screen with the click of… Read More

  • Virtual World Hangouts: So Many To Choose From

    The avatars roaming many online virtual communities may be cartoonish and their activities inconsequential, but the recent sale of Club Penguin to Disney for $350 million (with $350 million in earn out) demonstrates that the business of casual immersive worlds, or virtual hangouts, is not entirely child’s play. Virtual hangouts are where people can engage each other using imaginary… Read More